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Facilities needed to discover talented cricketers in KP, Fata: Younis Khan

Facilities needed to discover talented cricketers in KP, Fata: Younis Khan
August 06, 2017

MARDAN, 06 August: Former captain Pakistan cricket team Younis Khan has said that there is a enormous cricketing talent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) adding that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needed to pay attention and provide facilities to discover talented cricketers from these areas. Younis Khan visited to Mardan District Cricket Association Academy and inaugurated establishing a cricket pitch. Peshawar Zalmi franchise would bear all the expenses of making the pitch. Peshawar Zalmi Foundation on Saturday has launched a programme of making 100 international standard pitches in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas to provide all facilities to young cricketers. Peshawar Zalmi ambassador Younis Khan along with PZ head coach Muhammad Akram inaugurated the project of HaierZalmi100Pitches in Peshawar, Jamrud, Mardan and Swabi. Speaking on the occasion, Younis Khan presented the example of the star opening batsman Fakhar Zaman who belonged to a backward Katlang village and said that if facilities were provided, more talented players could emerge from these areas. He said the basic reason to launch this program is to improve the playing facilities for the young cricketers. While talking to TNN, Younis Khan said that Fakhar Zaman’s future is bright who took advantage from obtaining chance to make it to Pakistan’s national cricket squad. He said that Fakhar Zaman is an example for the young cricketers. He said that in today’s time coaches are available everywhere whereas in their times there was no concept of coaches. The purpose of Peshawar Zalmi’s project is to provide pitches to the youth who don’t have access to them to showcase their talent. Peshawar Zalmi Chairman Javed Afridi stated, “We want to provide basic cricket facility to the young cricketers of Peshawar. We want our young kids to play cricket at proper pitches at grass root level to avoid the danger of injuries. In last 2 years, we conducted several talent hunt programs in KP and were amazed to see some incredible talent. Peshawar Zalmi Foundation with its vision of Youth and Women Empowerment will continue to provide facilities.” Muhammad Akram said the basic reason to launch this program is to improve the playing facilities for the young cricketers. “Not many cricketers in Peshawar and KP have access to play cricket at proper cricket pitches. After this initiative, not only will they be able to play cricket at appropriate pitches, but their skills will improve as well which will also benefit Pakistan cricket.” Younis Khan also praised the efforts of Peshawar Zalmi and said, “This project is great step to improve cricket facilities in KP at the grass root level and I am hopeful that we will get some amazing talent in future.”

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